Last week on FYFA (and in my life):
I started the Couch to 5K program because my husband wants the whole family to run a 5K later this summer. Running is so not my thing – I’d much rather just stick to the elliptical – but I will say that listening to audiobooks while running makes it much more bearable – or running with my daughter, which I’ve done a couple of times. Plus, I’ve been taking my dog along with me, so that makes it more enjoyable somehow too. For now, the runs are easy (I’m only up to running a minute and a half at a time with walking in between) – we’ll see how I feel once it gets harder!!
My kids and I watched the new Jungle Book movie, which was great fun – might do a post sometime comparing it to the original. We also started watching an anime called Blue Spring Tide (thanks Mara for the recommendation). We’re all really loving it (though the anime style is definitely different and a bit goofy to me sometimes. Very entertaining, though!). Might do a post about that at some point too!
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog this past week:
- The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 5 Star Review
- Wanderlost by Jen Malone – Review
- Winging It by Cate Cameron – Review
- Fun with Spam – Let’s Discuss! – Bet you didn’t realize how entertaining spam could be!
Also, this isn’t actually on my blog, but the giveaway for the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up has been posted over at Falconer’s Library. Wendy’s giving away a bookish item from Powell’s Bookstore – and they have some really fun options!! (And, just so it’s clear, you don’t actually have to have linked up to the Wrap-Up Round-Up to participate in the giveaway.)
Next week on FYFA:
- The Clay Lion by Amalie Jahn – Review & Giveaway
- The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger – Review
- Let’s Discuss – something bookish! 🙂
Book Blogger Birthdays and Blogoversaries:
A couple of blogger birthdays and blogoversaries this week! I hope you’ll stop on by these blogs and give the bloggers well-wishes on their special days! Also, check out the calendar to see what you might have just missed or what’s coming up. (If you want to be added to the calendar, you can just fill out the birthday/blogoversary form!)
- June 12th – Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger‘s Birthday
- June 16th – booklovercircumspect4‘s Blogoversary
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
Here are some of my favorite discussions I’ve read this week:
- Cynthia @ Bingeing on Books tells us the Signs of a Crusing TBR
- Susie @ Girl with Her Head in a Book discusses Sequels, and why they sometimes feel unnecessary.
- Got My Book tells us about why Good Audiobooks Make Everything Better
- Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews talks about Classroom Reads and what makes a book worth studying
- Cait @ Paper Fury asks Who is the Intended Audience for YA Books? (And Does it Even Matter?)
Other Current Giveaways on FYFA:
(Besides the ones listed above)
- June Discussion Challenge Link-Up and Giveaway! – Link up your June discussions and enter to win!
- #BEA16 Day One Wrap-Up & Giveaway!! – Still time to enter to win a signed copy of one of my favorite NA books – When Joss Met Matt!
- #BEA16 Day Two Wrap-Up & Jennifer Niven Holding Up the Universe Giveaway!! – Still time to enter to win a signed ARC of Holding Up the Universe!
- #BEA16 Day Three Wrap-Up & Giveaway!! – Still time to enter to win a copy of The Loose Ends List or a Strange the Dreamer swag pack that includes a sampler of the book!
- Preorder Sarah J. Maas’s EMPIRE OF STORMS to receive a ToG notebook and/or preorder THE THRONE OF GLASS COLORING BOOK and get a ToG coloring pencils set!!
- Pre-order LIFE AFTER JULIET by Shannon Lee Alexander and get a temporary tattoo like Charlotte’s – a tattoo that blends the infinity symbol with the word hope.
- Preorder YOU WILL KNOW ME by Megan Abbott and Little, Brown Books will send you a free copy of one of her paperbacks!
- Pre-order THIS SAVAGE SONG by Victoria Schwab from either Parnassus Books or Books of Wonder and you’ll get a signed/personalized hardcover and a set of limited edition HUMAN/MONSTER tattoos! (This book is amazing, and you should all order it.)
- Pre-order DEFENDING TAYLOR by Miranda Kenneally and enter to WIN Defending Taylor water bottles or a GRAND PRIZE gym bag prize pack.
Even More Awesome Giveaways on Other Sites:
There are tons of giveaways going on around the blogosphere!
- Lots of blogs participating in the Debut Author #Giveaway Hop!
- Jessica @ A GREAT Read is giving away some of her BEA books that she’s already read!
- Jessica is also giving away a SIGNED Copy of The Last Star by Rick Yancey!
- Head over to Got My Book for a chance to win an audiobook of Nice Dragons Finish Last from Audible
- Karen @ Kissin’ Blue Karen wrote a BEA wrap-up and is giving away a pre-order of a book she picked up there and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight does the same!
- Tonyalee over at Lilybloombooks has created a Middle Grade Madness link-up. Link-up your reviews of middle grade books (or comment on linked reviews) and enter to win one! You can link up June reviews on this post.
- Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books is running the Meet the Newbies event where you can win 1 Pre-Order or Finished Copy of Any Debut Novel Featured on Meet the Newbies (INT) – Several of the tour stops also have individual giveaways as well!
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!